Former UAB men's basketball associate head coach Donnie Marsh was introduced as the new head coach at Alabama A&M during a press conference this morning in Huntsville.
"Emotions are kind of all over the place, but all in a good place," Marsh said. "This is a wonderful institution and a great opportunity. I feel blessed to have been selected to be the person. I know it was a thorough search. To finish up as 'the guy', the face of Bulldog basketball, is an absolute incredible blessing for me."
Marsh spent the last two seasons at Texas Southern working under Mike Davis, his boss at UAB from 2006-12. During their time together in Birmingham, the Blazers made one NCAA tournament appearance and three NIT trips.I
Marsh has head coaching experience, having gone 31-84 at Florida International from 2000-04. He also led small-school programs College of New Jersey (1989-93) and Elizabethtown, Pa. (1988-89).
Marsh had assistant stints at South Florida (2013-14), Texas Southern (2012-13), Indiana (2004-06 under Davis), Virginia Tech (1997-2000) and Florida State (1995-97).
"I felt like this was an opportunity for me to continue my work at an HBCU," Marsh said, "to continue trying to help young men develop as people and as players. It was an opportunity to take something that I learned from a really good place and bring it to a place I think really, really wants it. This fan base, the support network, Bulldog nation all want a championship. They all want a chance to cheer in March. I think that's the ultimate for college basketball fans and I think this is a place where you can do that."
Alabama A&M went 2-27 last season under Willie Hayes, who stepped down in early March after going 54-121 in six seasons.